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Ashley N. Trotto, Esq.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance; Employee Benefits, Pension, and ERISA Law

ASHLEY N. TROTTO focuses her practice on every employer’s favorite topic: Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, including employer reporting, employer mandate requirements, and employer shared responsibility payment assessment. Beyond the ACA, Ashley works hard to ensure that employer health and welfare plans are properly administered. If an error has already occurred, she has the expertise to develop and implement a solution.

Employee Benefits, Pension, and ERISA Law

As a member of the Firms’ Employee Benefits, Pension, and ERISA Law group, Ashley works diligently to condense and simplify the complicated and ultra-technical world of employee benefits into understandable, plain English advice for her clients. Ashley uses this straightforward approach to assist private, governmental, and nonprofit employers in the design, implementation, and maintenance of their employee benefit plans.

Ashley is also an annual chapter editor/contributing author of the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Law Cumulative Supplement.

Ashley was recognized in the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2021, 2022 and 2023 in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. She was also recognized as One to Watch for Health Care Law and Labor and Employment Law - Management for 2022 and 2023.

Cityview Magazine has recognized Ashley as a Top Attorney of Knoxville in the practice area of Employee Benefits/ERISA - Defense in 2017-2018 and 2020-2022, with Ashley receiving the Golden Gavel in 2021). She was also recognized in the practice areas of Corporate Law and Real Estate Finance & Development for 2021 and 2022, and Health Care Law in 2022.

Employment Law

Ashley is dedicated to building long-standing, trusted relationships with her clients and understands that a single point of contact for timely resolution of employment-related issues is key. To that end, Ashley also spends a significant amount of her time helping clients navigate the prickly, and often unforgiving, landscape of the FLSA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, and other employment-related legislation as well as everyday employment issues, like creation and application of employer policies and employee training. If you’d like to know more about Ashley’s take on her niche practice, click here.

As a testament to her conversational, streamlined style, Ashley often describes her Employment Law practice with the following statement: “If you have an issue that affects your Human Resources department, I’m your girl.”

Ashley is a member of East Tennessee Compensation and Benefits Association (ETCBA), Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (TVHRA), and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Other Practice Areas

Ashley also practices for select clients in the areas of Business and Corporate LawLocal Government and Public Utilities, and Churches, Nonprofit, and Tax-Exempt Organizations.

About Ashley

Ashley was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2013. She is also a member of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and American Bar Association (ABA).

In addition to her legal work, Ashley is the energy behind "Christenberry Kids," the Firm's book project which has been regularly providing age-appropriate books to the under-privileged kindergarten students at Christenberry Elementary School since 2013.

Ashley serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. She also serves on the Health and Basic Needs Investment Committee for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.


Ashley graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2013. Prior to attending law school, Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the University of Tennessee where she majored in psychology.

Contact Ashley Today:
865-546-7311 (Phone) | 865-524-1773 (Fax)



So, You're A Retirement Plan Fiduciary | DICTA: March 2021
Is That A Service Dog?  | DICTA: January 2019
Health Law Update: The Employer Mandate Today | DICTA: April 2018
Health Care Reform Developments under the Trump Administration | The Consigliere: Fall 2017, Vol. 12, No. 2
Health Care Reform: Where Are We Now? | DICTA: May 2017
Nice Niche: An Interview with Ashley N. Trotto | DICTA: May 2016
Employee Benefit Compliance | The Consigliere: Spring 2016, Vol. 11, No. 1
The Affordable Care Act's Look-Back Measurement: Do You Know Who Your Full-Time Employees Are? | Paradigm: Spring 2015
Health Plan Identifiers: Are Your Clients Prepared for Implementation? | The Consigliere: Fall/Winter 2014, Vol. 9, No. 3
Obamacare's Individual Mandate: The Fine Print | DICTA: March 2014

Newsletter Contributions and Articles

We've Got Your Six (Reasons for Paid Sick Leave Under the FFCRA) Covered. | KMF Newsletter: Covid-19 Special Edition #3
The SECURE Act: A (Very) Brief Introduction | KMF Newsletter: Winter 2020
The IRS Updated 401(k) Hardship Regulations
Tax Reform and Plan Loans | KMF Newsletter: Spring 2018
Remote Workers 101: The Need for a Written Policy | KMF Newsletter: Winter 2017
ACA Reporting 2017: Are You Ready? | KMF Newsletter: Fall 2017
President Trump's Tax Reform Proposal: An Overview | KMF Newsletter: Summer 2017
Employee Handbooks: Acknowledgment of Receipt | KMF Newsletter: Spring 2017
Are Employer Health Plans Required to Offer Gender Transition Coverage? | KMF Newsletter: Fall 2016
Dave & Busters under Fire for Cutting Hours to Avoid ACA Compliance | KMF Newsletter: Summer 2016

Speaking Engagements

ETCBA Presentation (June 2nd, 2020): The SECURE Act, The FFCRA, and the CARES Act
ETCBA Presentation (May 10th, 2019): Fair Labor Standards Act: 101
ETCBA Presentation (June 8th, 2018): New Administration, New Rules? - An Employee Benefit Law Update
Tennessee School Boards Association presentation Application of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate to Tennessee Schools, March 18, 2016.
Knoxville Bar Association presentation Keeping Up with Healthcare Reform, April 2015.
Tennessee Bar Association webinar Employer Mandate 101: Affordable Care Act, March 2015.
Knoxville Bar Association presentation Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Employers, June 2014.
National Thompson Reuters sponsored webinar The Nuts and Bolts of Obamacare: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know, January 2014

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